MC024 - Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)

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Plan: MC024 - Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
Award abbreviation: MAppSc(Acu)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 3 years part time
Location: Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 061903
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) aims to produce graduates who have the ability to practise acupuncture in a safe, competent, ethical and professional manner.

The program structure will provide learning experiences for you to acquire and apply sound knowledge of Chinese medicine theories and concepts across various clinical conditions. The program emphasises skills to address real patients in clinical settings.

This combination of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, clinical experience and recognised qualifications prepares you for a career in Acupuncture which may involve independent practice, employment in a multi- discipline health care clinic, teaching and/or research.

The program is workshop-based (4 days, 4 times per year face-to-face residential program at RMIT). We also utilise the RMIT online learning management system to support blended learning. You are expected to complete independent study prior to attending the workshops and conduct further clinical observation/supervised clinical practice while off-campus.

COTH2115 Supervised Clinical Practice 3 is a one-semester capstone course that involves consultation and treatment of clinical patients by students under the close supervision of a registered clinician. In this clinical context you will integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from all earlier courses in your program.

The clinic experience will develop your capability to formulate diagnoses, prescribe appropriate Chinese herbal medicine treatments and perform herbal dispensing. Your clinical practice will be underpinned by an evidence-based approach. You will gain an insight into the rewards and challenges of independent practice in Chinese medicine and identify strategies for your on-going professional development

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Articulation and pathways

If you are applying for this program Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) and you are a graduate of the following RMIT programs:

MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine), or

BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)

you may be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed.  Please contact the Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) Program Coordinator for more information.

If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT Handbook []



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Entrance requirements

To meet the entry requirements for this program you must hold an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, naturopathy, clinical science or health sciences that satisfies the following pre-requisites or equivalent:

- Cell biology (bioscience)

- Human physiology

- Human anatomy (full body)

- Pathology

- Immunology

- Microbiology

- Clinical Practice

- Diagnosis in Western medicine

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

Credit Transfer and Recognised Prior Learning

Some applicants may be eligible for credit. Please refer to the Articulation and Pathways section for further information.


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External accreditation and industry links

The Masters of Applied Science (Acupuncture) program is designed for health and medical practitioners and provides you with an entry level into the Chinese Acupuncture profession enabling you to add to your treatment repertoire.

This three-year part-time program is accredited by Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee. Upon graduation you can register to practise with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia ( and gain membership of the following Associations:

RMIT's Discipline of Chinese Medicine has engaged in extensive consultation in the development of our programs since their inception in 1993. Senior Chinese Medicine staff at RMIT have made significant contributions to the achievement of registration for Chinese Medicine practitioners in Victoria and nationally and have been active in the development of educational and practice guidelines following extensive consultation periods. Consultation has also been conducted through the RMIT Chinese Medicine Indusry Advisory Committee and major professional associations throughout the program development process.

In addition, RMIT University has a World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre for Traditional Medicine and has established an extensive network of practitioners and public hospitals for you to experience clinical observation during your studies and/or undertake part of your clinical practicum.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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